Alejandro Landes (Director, Screenwriter, Producer), Alexis Dos Santos (Screenwriter), Sofía Buenaventura (Actress), Moisés Arias (Actor), Wilson Salazar (Actor), Mica Levi (Composer), Fernando Epstein (Producer)
Moderation: Margarita Tsomou
Patagrande, Rambo, Leidi, Sueca, Pitufo, Lobo, Perro and Bum Bum. Eight stray teenagers, each bearing a code name, form a paramilitary squad on a remote hilltop. They are instinctively drawn towards hedonism and ferocity. A messenger delivers instructions from the Organisation: they are to look after a dairy cow called Shakira and an abducted woman from the USA known as Doctora. But their carefree time comes to an end when death pays them a visit and their position is compromised, forcing them to relocate deeper into the jungle.
Alejandro Landes and co-writer Alexis Dos Santos have created a disquieting take on the war film and survival thriller. Theirs is a work of scant explanations but of visceral emotions. Heightened by Jasper Wolf’s piercing cinematography, Mica Levi’s superbly tense score and uncannily sharp editing by Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Ted Guard and Santiago Otheguy, Landes’ exhilarating third feature impresses by zooming in on the shifting allegiances and power struggles of an adolescent, primal tribe.
Colombia / Argentina / Netherlands / Denmark / Sweden / Germany / Uruguay / USA 2019
102’ · Colour
Julianne Nicholson (Doctora)Moisés Arias (Patagrande)Sofía Buenaventura (Rambo)Karen Quintero (Leidi)Laura Castrillón (Sueca)Deiby Rueda (Pitufo)Julián Giraldo (Lobo)Paul Cubides (Perro)Sneider Castro (Bum Bum)Wilson Salazar (Messenger)
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, he grew up in Ecuador and Colombia. His documentary Cocalero screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in over 20 countries. His debut feature film Porfirio premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2011 and went on to screen and win prizes at many international film festivals.Filmography
2007 Cocalero; documentary 2011 Porfirio
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019